Peter Halbsgut

Lighting Design

Peter Halbsgut studied lighting design at the University of Hamburg and is counted among the best lighting designers in Germany. After touring with various rock bands, he began working at the Frankfurt Opera in 1977. During his time in Frankfurt – first as Lighting Designer and later as Lighting Director – he created designs for Der Wald (directed by Adolf Dresen), The Magic Flute (directed by Wolfgang Weber) and Troades (directed by Kurt Horres), amongst many others. He also collaborated with William Forsythe on his ballets, including Artifact, LDC and The Loss of Small Detail. Peter Halbsgut left the Frankfurt Opera to become Lighting Director at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, where he worked for four years. There, he created lighting designs for Lady Macbeth von Mzensk (directed by Volker Schlöndorff), La Damnation de Faust (directed by Thomas Langhoff), Parsifal (directed by Peter Konwitschny), Anna Bolena (directed by Jonathan Miller) and the world premiere of Schlachthaus 5 (directed by Elke Gramms), to mention just a few.

Since 1997 Peter Halbsgut has worked freelance and, among others, he created the lighting designs for The Rise and Fall of Mahagonny at the Leipzig Opera and The Comedy of Errors at the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin. Working for some of the most renowned theaters and opera houses in the world, he designed the lighting for Tosca at the Opera de Montpellier, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Tel Aviv Opera House, Venus & Adonis in Genoa at the Teatro Carlo Felice and for Porgy & Bess at the Bregenz Festival. At the Cape Town Opera, he created the designs for Tosca and Werther and currently he has collaborated with James Sutherland on his BOLÉRO-EXTASE project.